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NFL MVP odds (As of November 27)
Lamar Jackson: 1.50
Russell Wilson: 3.70
Deshaun Watson: 11.00
Patrick Mahomes: 22.00
Dak Prescott: 24.00
Aaron Rodgers: 28.00
We're running out of words to describe Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens offence. The Ravens offence has been untouchable this season, and much praise should be given to their dynamic quarterback Lamar “Smiley Face” Jackson.
When the NFL regular season started, Lamar Jackson was not in the MVP conversation. Jackson was far behind then favorite, Patrick Mahomes, and had odds of 24.00 at Playnow.com. Fast forward to now and Jackson has the best odds to win the regular season MVP award - 1.50 at PlayNow.com as of Thursday.
Jackson’s explosive running game, coupled with his strong arm, have been a menace to defences across the league. Jackson has been very good through 11 games, throwing for 2,427 yards, with 24 touchdown passes, giving him a quarterback rating of 81.9, which is the best in the league.
Although these are impressive throwing numbers, the key differentiator between Jackson and the chasing pack are his rushing yards. Through 11 games, Jackson has rushed for 876 yards and has six rushing touchdowns. To put this in perspective, the quarterback with the second-most rushing yards is Kyler Murray with 418 yards.
Entering this Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Jackson has more rushing yards than six teams in the league. With every twist and turn, he is drawing comparisons to Michael Vick, however, some think that might not even be a fair comparison – for Jackson’s sake, that is.
Although the Ravens are the team to beat, they will be facing a formidable opponent in the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers have a 10-1 record, which is the best record this season. The much-anticipated match-up will test both teams on either side of the ball. The 49ers currently have the best defence in the league, led by Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa, and Fred Warner. Sherman’s interception abilities, coupled with Bosa’s pass rush make the 49ers a challenge for any quarterback in the league.
Will Lamar Jackson be able to overcome the 49ers’ defence? Sunday will tell the story. The Ravens were 5.5-point home favourites, with Money Line odds of 1.85 to win at PlayNow.com as of Thursday.
The MVP odds have changed drastically as the season has progressed. At the beginning of the regular season, Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson were also not in the regular season MVP conversation.
Wilson started the season with odds of 26.00 at PlayNow.com, however, his performances have changed those odds. Wilson has thrown for an impressive 2,937 yards with only three interceptions and he has rushed for three touchdowns. As of Wednesday, Wilson had the second-best odds to win the MVP award – 3.70 at PlayNow.com.
The Seahawks have a 9-2 record, which puts them second in the NFC West standings and keeps them right in the thick of the NFC playoff race. About 6.3 per cent of the money wagered on the outright championship market is on the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl.
Deshaun Watson is still in the MVP conversation. Watson has had amazing performances throughout the season. The most impressive came in the Texans win over the Falcons in Week 7, when Watson threw for over 400 yards with an 85 per cent completion rate.
As of Wednesday, Watson had odds of 11.00 to win the regular season MVP award.